PowerSeeker 70AZ Telescope
- Product Review (submitted on December 21, 2011):
I've always wanted a telescope, but I've always assumed that a large, expensive setup was necessary to really see anything. I found this scope at Walmart for an outrageous low price, so I got it, again, not expecting much. It was easy to assemble and despite my lack of knowledge on using a telescope, Jupiter was my first target and easy to find. WOW. I caught glimpses of slight detail of Jupiter and seeing the Galilean moons was absolutely stunning. I have since viewed the Pleiades and the Great Orion Nebula, also stunning to see for the first time. For a modest investment, you can get "WOW!" views of the heavens.
On the down side, I still have not been able to set the red dot finder to accurately guide me to a target--especially when using higher magnification eye pieces or trying locating smaller, fainter objects. The scope wobbles on the mount when trying to focus which is annoying at best and frustrating at worst. And if you want to look straight up in the sky, be prepared to crawl around on the ground to look through the finderscope and to sit on the ground to view. Or set up on a sturdy table. Still, for the money, these issues are nothing to complain about. And once you've gotten a taste of the breathtaking views right outside your door, you won't think twice about the occasional wobbly image or kneeling on the cold winter ground. I can't wait to get back outside!